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Disasters, Technicolor and Bertolucci

Thursday, May 10 2012
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Thursday, May 10

The UCLA Film and TV Archive has silent films about two hot-button issues in store for tonight, with Traffic in Souls (prostitution) and Where Are My Children (abortion).

Over at the Egyptian, it's a night of disaster with Robert Wise's The Hindenburg and Mark Robson's Earthquake.

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Friday, May 11

Even though the Egyptian is showing a DCP projection of the director's cut of Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, this is still an exciting event because the inimitable Mann will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

And there's plenty of time after the screening to make it over to Cinefamily's midnight show of Demons. Scripted by Dario Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava (son of Mario), it's a deliciously self-reflexive film about members of a movie theater audience who become possessed while watching a film about people turning into demons.

Saturday, May 12

Momentously, the New Beverly plays all 317 original and uncut minutes of Bernardo Bertolucci's rarely screened epic 1900, which follows the lives of two characters (played by Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu) through the first half of the 20th century in Italy. The screening starts at 5:30 p.m. (also Sun.)

Meanwhile, at 4 p.m., the UCLA Film and TV Archive screens Robert Siodmak's Technicolor marvel Cobra Woman. At the same venue, on a separate bill, is Todd Haynes' first feature film, Poison. Haynes will be present for the 7 p.m. screening.

The L.A. Filmforum's Alternative Projections series continues over at the Echo Park Center with tonight's program of works by John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Gary Beydler and others, exploring the intersections among film, painting and photography.

Sunday, May 13

The Egyptian Theatre screens The Sound of Music in 70mm at 4 p.m., with actresses Charmian Carr (Liesl), Angela Cartwright (Brigita) and Kym Karath (Gretl) present to introduce the film. —Veronika Ferdman

Reach the writer at veronika.ferdman@gmail.com

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